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PhotoHunt: Standing


This week's theme is "Standing."

There used to be over 100 bell towers in Venice but some of them collapsed or were demolished; today there are 66 still standing. The most well-known is this one, the campanile di San Marco; it's the tallest in the city. This tower collapsed in 1902 and was rebuilt.

san marco

There's a golden statue of the archangel Gabriel standing on top of this tower, holding the annunciation lilies. Legend has it that when the tower collapsed, the angel statue survived and was found more or less intact in front of the doors to the basilica. I've often admired it from afar gleaming in the sunlight but had never gotten a good look at it until recently when I found this photo of it in an old book.

archangel gabriel, san marco

Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.

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Beautiful pic of the bell tower.. and the info was very interesting.


Beautiful shot!

Have a wonderful weekend.

What a beautiful tower. I think it is great that they decided to rebuild it for future generations to enjoy :)

You always add a specially interesting history/folklore to your photo selections, elevating it into the whole "Anne" dimension. Mahalo!

Wonderful choices for the theme. Happy weekend.

That is an imposing tower. Great take on the theme!

great shot of the bell tower and the statue is wonderful. i've always wondered how the statue looks like up close. glad you were able to find a photo of it in a book.

Oh they are pretty shots. Happy hunting.

Kathy (trekcapri):

Hi Annie, that's a great photo and take for this week's theme. I love the branches in the frame. The legend about how they found the statue in tact after the collapse is so interesting.

Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!


Beautiful pics and your accompanying commentary makes me appreciate them more. BTW, this was the first time I had heard/read of "annunciation lilies"! :)

Great take on the theme! This is a tough one.

Bonne fin de semaine, a presto !


this is so interesting!

that is a big statue on top of a tower!

these are great pics for the theme. lovely!

happy weekend! :)


Europe is always my favourite place. Nice pictures and have a great weekend. CY

Beautiful shot!
You make me miss Venice~ :-)

I love the background information on the bell tower. It is a perfect shot of Venice - the tower, architecture and lions. Have a great weekend.


Beautiful standing structures! Mine is finally up and standing... :)

Very nice one for the theme :-)


that's a wonderful shot and i love how you explain the history behind it :-)

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